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Syrian Troops Renew Attacks on Hama Ahead of UN Meeting

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces have attacked civilian areas in the central city of Hama for a second day, as the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Residents in Hama say tanks resumed intense shelling of the city late Monday, and that troops fired machine guns at worshippers about […]

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Hurricane Eugene Forms in Pacific

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say the storm named Eugene has strengthened into the fifth hurricane of this year’s eastern Pacific season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its latest report Monday afternoon that Eugene was about 660 kilometers southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, moving in a west-northwestern direction with 120 kilometer-per-hour winds. Eugene is expected […]

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US Investigators to Examine Recorders from Plane Crash in Guyana

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The flight data recorders recovered from a Caribbean Airlines jet that crashed in Guyana this past Saturday are soon to be analyzed in Washington. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, also says it has sent a seven-person team to the South American country to assist authorities there in the accident investigation. Guyana’s Civil […]

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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 4 in NW Pakistan

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike killed at least four suspected militants in the country’s northwest Monday. The officials say the missiles fired from a pilotless aircraft hit a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal region – a known stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants. U.S. officials have […]

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Serbia-Kosovo Mediated Talks to Resume

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Serbian officials have met with a European Union mediator to discuss the latest bout of ethnic tensions in northern Kosovo. The head of Belgrade’s negotiating team, Borislav Stefanovic, and Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic met Monday with EU envoy Robert Cooper in the southern Serbian town of Raska. Stefanovic told reporters after the closed-door […]

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Corruption Uproar Derails New Session of Indian Parliament

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The opening of India parliament’s new session Monday was put on hold after opposition lawmakers caused a commotion over the issue of corruption. The so-called “monsoon session” — set to be one of the most ambitious in recent history — began with dignified ceremony. But it quickly degenerated into a free-for-all shouting match when members […]

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UN Panel: China’s Dentention of Liu Xiaobo Violates International Law

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. human rights panel says China is violating international law by detaining dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife. In an opinion published Monday, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Beijing has not provided a sufficient justification for what it calls “interference with Liu Xiaobo’s political free speech.” […]

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US Stock Markets Fall

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Monday’s trading after a report on U.S. manufacturing apparently disappointed investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off one-tenth of a percent to finish at 12,132. The S&P 500 lost four-tenths of a percent to end at 1,287 and the NASDAQ slid four-tenths of a percent to close at […]

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China Offers Emergency Flood Aid to North Korea

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea says Beijing and the Red Cross Society of China have offered emergency relief materials to Pyongyang in response to severe flooding from heavy rains in recent weeks. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Monday the relief will greatly encourage people in their recovery efforts. It did not mention the amount of […]

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Oil Prices Fall

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Monday: Crude oil prices fell more than $1 to settle at $94.39 per barrel. Coffee prices rose 2 cents to end at $2.41 per pound. Copper prices lost 7 cents to close at $4.40 a pound. Cocoa futures were down $19 to […]

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